Smells Like Dog
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Smells Like Dog

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by Suzanne Selfors
     
 

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Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.

Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin… See more details below

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Overview

Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.

Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's collar?

And who will continue Uncle Drake's quest-to find the most coveted pirate treasure in the world?

Join Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog on an adventure that will test their wits and courage as they leave their peaceful farm and head into a world where ruthless treasure hunters hide around every corner. Where they discover that Dog has a hidden talent and that treasure might be closer than they ever imagined. . .

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Fans who enjoy the editorializing and over-the-top humor in Wendelin Van Draanen's Gecko and Sticky series will take pleasure in this misfit duo's quirky adventures."
Rebecca Stead
"A fantastic tale in every good sense of the word... Homer W. Pudding: my kind of hero."
Sarah Beth Durst
"Full of fantastic characters (eccentric adventurers, sinister and surprising villains, and one droopy but very special dog), delightful humor, and wonderful adventures, this book is a treasure. Every page made me smile."
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Praise for Smells Like Dog:
* "Selfors offers up an adventure tale that features a humorous, high-stakes mystery and a lovable hero...Peppered with funny dialogue, this joyous romp is a page-turning adventure that will appeal to enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

A fantastic tale in every good sense of the word... Homer W. Pudding: my kind of hero."—Rebecca Stead, author of Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me"

Fans who enjoy the editorializing and over-the-top humor in Wendelin Van Draanen's Gecko and Sticky series will take pleasure in this misfit duo's quirky adventures."—Booklist"

Full of fantastic characters (eccentric adventurers, sinister and surprising villains, and one droopy but very special dog), delightful humor, and wonderful adventures, this book is a treasure. Every page made me smile."—Sarah Beth Durst, author of Into the Wild and Out of the Wild"

Join a delightful band of misfits on a rollicking adventure... Full of fantasy, fun and humorous dialogue, this will attract dog lovers, mystery enthusiasts, adventure addicts, and reluctant readers."—VOYA

Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Homer Winslow Pudding dreams of being a famous treasure hunter like his uncle, explorer Drake Pudding. Life on his family's goat farm in the quiet town of Milkydale does not seem to hold the adventure Homer desires until the law firm of Snooty and Snooty brings the tragic news that Drake was eaten by a giant tortoise. Now, Homer has inherited the saddest, droopiest-looking, scent-challenged basset hound ever—and a mystery. Attached to Dog's collar is a coin engraved with the initials "L.O.S.T." Homer, his older sister Gwendolyn—who dreams of being a Royal Taxidermist for the Museum of Natural History—and Dog head to The City where Homer discovers the truth about his uncle's death and the secret society of adventurers known as L.O.S.T. Told with wit, charm, and heart, Suzanne Selfors' story will have you rooting for Homer Pudding—the chunky kid from Milkydale who likes to read maps, is not any good at sports, carries a compass, and daydreams about treasure hunting. This is a humorous, middle-grade novel that will particularly appeal to boys and is recommended. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
VOYA - Susan Allen
Join a delightful band of misfits on a rollicking adventure that centers on a dog that can't smell and treasure hunting. Homer Pudding, son of a goat farmer, dreams of being a treasure hunter like his Uncle Drake. When his uncle dies in a tortoise accident, he is left a dog that can't smell, as well as unforeseen danger. Several people are looking for Rumpold Smeller's treasure map, which his uncle found and many think Homer now has. Homer is followed and eventually kidnapped by a man flying a cloud chopper. He is invited to the Natural History Museum but told not to bring his parents; instead his sister Gwendolyn goes. Gwendolyn wants to be the Royal Taxidermist for the museum and sees this as her opportunity to impress the director with all her stuffed dead animals, but evil lurks there as well. Along the way Homer meets a female giant and a homeless girl who sells soup. All of these people help Homer figure out what his uncle's "most treasured possession" was and how it fits into his dream of treasure hunting. Full of fantasy, fun, and humorous dialogue, this will attract dog lovers, mystery enthusiasts, adventure addicts, and reluctant readers. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Reviewer: Susan Allen
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Homer Pudding is a luckless 12-year-old who dreams of hunting treasure like the uncle he idolizes. When his uncle is eaten by a killer tortoise, Homer gets swept into the middle of a treacherous race to locate a pirate's treasure. A whimsical narration and sometimes comical dialogue add a light touch—but perhaps not quite light enough, as the boy's initial cheerlessness makes him hard to warm up to. The pace picks up when he arrives in The City, however, and gets himself out of danger more than once by using his wits. He is aided by Dog, a peculiar basset who turns out to have surprising sleuthing skills of his own, though readers will figure this out long before Homer does. The main villain is appropriately over-the-top: she's a ruthless museum director who seeks the treasure for personal gain, rather than sharing with the world. Occasionally silly plot contrivances make Homer's journey less than gripping, but they match the consistent mix of silliness and action. The boy's growth from hapless loser to skilled treasure hunter is fairly convincing; Homer uses his uncle's advice and the story of the Odyssey for inspiration and steadily gains confidence. The supporting cast is quirky and mildly amusing, if not especially memorable. The perky homeless girl who aids, and then betrays, Homer is more intriguing, though; the conclusion sets her up as a potential rival or possible friend in future installments.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Selfors offers up an adventure tale that features a humorous, high-stakes mystery and a lovable hero. Twelve-year-old Homer Pudding lives on a goat farm but dreams of growing up to be a great treasure hunter like his uncle, Drake Pudding. Drake spent most of his career searching for the greatest mass of loot collected by another great treasure hunter, the late Rumpold Smeller. When Drake dies under mysterious circumstances, he bequeaths a sad-eyed basset hound named Dog to Homer. Attached to Dog's collar is a coin etched with the letters L.O.S.T. As Homer races to decipher the meaning of L.O.S.T., find Smeller's treasure and locate the whereabouts of Drake's vast library, he discovers a valuable secret about Dog. Along the way, Homer encounters the devious Madame la Directeur, the pink-haired homeless girl Lorelei, Ajitabh, the inventor of the cloudcopter, and other equally memorable characters who help or hinder his quest. Peppered with funny dialogue, this joyous romp is a page-turning adventure that will appeal to enthusiastic and reluctant readers alike. (Adventure. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316043977
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Series:
Smells Like Dog Series, #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
296,766
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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